The Edgewood boys' tennis team has come agonizingly close to clinching a state championship the past couple years. They've finished second the past two seasons.
"We've been on a lot of teams that have come close and taken second. It's really no fun taking second place," senior Thomas Thelen said.
With that in mind, the Crusaders are on a mission this year. They face the three-time defending champions University School in the WIAA team tennis semifinals on Saturday at 9 a.m. Edgewood realizes they enter that match as an underdog.
"Sort of that under-the-radar feeling is kind of nice," says senior Connor Maloney. "It kind of puts the pressure off a little bit, but it doesn't detract from the fact that we have a strong team."
In fact, head coach Jamey Vorlander says this senior-led group may be his best state title contender. Edgewood boasts some depth that Vorlander believes other squads will have a hard time matching.
"This is definitely the best team that I've ever coached, and I think that this is our best shot."